Question about Whirlpool 25.6 cu. ft. Side-by-Side Refrigerator with In-Door-Ice Dispensing System
HI. During a power outage, there will be a surge. When the surge occurs, it will send a pulse to any unprotected device that may be plugged into the home electrical system. The most vulnerable device will be your refrigerator units(The PCB's are usually unprotected). There is a main control board mounted near your compressor assembly(Usually mounted on a bracket near the assembly or behind an access panel). This board will, essentially, be the recipient of this power spike, thus, causing the entire board to fail. This board is basically the brain of the unit. It routs all power to the two running fans and to the main control panel and other power controlled parts in this particular unit. Your compressor has a protector called the overload start relay switch. This is a switch and a overload protector, as well. The compressor should be ok, but your main PCB should be inspected for burn markings at the mounted relays and jumper sections. Your symptoms are a strong indication of board failure, so even if the board doesn't show visible trauma markings, I would recommend to have it replaced, asap. It is damaged.
Posted on Jul 06, 2010
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